While the annual price hike in rail fares took place in January, Carlson Wagonlit Travel has some top tips on how to make savings on rail journeys.
Nigel Turner, senior director of programme management & business development at CWT UK & Ireland, said: “You can make savings of between 10 and 30 per cent by having a good transportation policy – whether its rail or taxis, you should know how people are travelling and try to manage it.
“Let the train take the strain... but not on your company wallet.”
Mr Tuner added: “UK rail is increasingly suitable for business travel, especially as the proliferation of smartphones and laptops raise the expectation of working on the move. The productivity on a train especially when Wi-Fi is available – can be high.”
Mr Turner said that companies with short-haul travel to European cities should aim to include rail in their policies.
“It’s often the better option to take high-speed rail between cities in Europe than to fly,” he said.
“A ground transportation policy linked to CWT Programme Messenger will also enable the company to automatically advise travellers how to do the right thing. You can message in real time, ‘When you arrive in Paris, here is the preferred option’, whether it is taking the train or getting into a taxi.”
In tomorrow’s instalment of the Business Travel series we take a closer look at the West Coast mainline…